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When you think ‘beach’ in Mumbai, the first thing that comes to mind is litter and gray sand. But that’s not all there is to the city’s coastline.
Take Manori, a picturesque strip of sandy coast and rocky outcrop with a solitary golawala and an easy-to-climb hillock jutting into the ocean at one end. It doesn’t sound anything like Mumbai, but it’s about half an hour from bustling Malad.
Then there’s Carter Road, a leafy idyll of shady benches and lush mangroves, and adjoining Bandstand — a curving promenade with sunlit waves crashing onto the rocks on one side and iced mocha lattes at hand at the cafés dotting the other.
“You can find a local fisherman in Manori and ask him to take you around in his boat,” says Pooja Shahani, a 24-year-old marketing professional and Manori frequenter. “This is perfect weather for a picnic there and the beachside resorts offer a great escape from the city — so close yet so far.”
If you’re looking for a more lively vibe, head to Gorai, a short drive from Manori. Not as secluded, Gorai is great for family picnics, short horse rides for the kids or a cool dip in the sea.
Gorai also has a famous late-night party scene, with youngsters renting out beachside cottages for seaside bonfire parties. EsselWorld is within easy reach.
Closer home, Sewri creek offers the treat of a cloud of pink flamingoes stepping delicately through the mudflats.
“When I went to Sewri in January 2009, the mudflats looked pink — you couldn’t see the water,” says businessman and Peddar Road resident Gautam Agarwal, 23. “I feel like Sewri creek is the only completely natural bit left in Mumbai.” In addition to flamingoes, you can also expect to see herons and brown-headed gulls.
If you live in south Mumbai, renew your friendship with Marine Drive. Take advantage of the crisp, cool mornings to get out your car or bike or just walk along this, Mumbai’s original, promenade.
Polling across 44 districts for the first phase of elections to urban bodies in Madhya Pradesh will begin at 7am today. A total of 1.04 crore voters are expected to exercise their franchise in the first phase of polling, an official informed news agency PTI. Voting will go on till 5pm, he added. Votes will be cast for municipal corporations including Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Khandwa, Burhanpur, Chhindwara, Ujjain, Sagar, Singrauli and Satna.
Even though Mohali district rose by two spots from last year's ranking in the PSEB Class 10 exams, its pass percentage dropped from 99.91% to 99%. Last year, Mohali was placed 17th among the 23 districts. This year, it improved its standing to 15th, with Gurdaspur district bagging the top spot. As many as 9,401 students from 109 Mohali schools appeared in the exams and 9,307 passed.
A 32-year-old doctor allegedly ended his life by injecting himself with a paralytic drug used in anaesthesia at his rented accommodation in Phase 2 on Monday night. The doctor, who hailed from Rupnagar, was living alone in the rented house for the last three months and worked at a private hospital in Sector 34, Chandigarh. The autopsy will be conducted at the Phase-6 civil hospital on Wednesday.
A local court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of Kalyani Singh, an accused in the murder of national-level shooter and lawyer Sukhmanpreet Singh, alias Sippy Sidhu. Lodged in Model Jail, Sector 51, since June 21, Kalyani, 36, was produced in court via video conferencing. On Monday, she had applied for bail before a local court. Her plea will be taken up for hearing on July 8.
The UT administration's decision to appoint 33 medical officers (MOs) on deputation from Punjab, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh, and none from Haryana has not gone down well with the Haryana government. Highlighting its displeasure through a letter, the Haryana government has urged the UT administration to maintain the 60:40 ratio between Punjab and Haryana while filling up the vacant posts of MOs and dental surgeons. Till then, Haryana had not sent any panel of doctors.